Residents of all ages put their best foot forward for charity at the weekend, burning off those Easter calories during a Lap the Lake event in Dare Valley Country Park.
Mayor Cllr Ann Crimmings, herself a keen and accomplished runner, organised the event in Aberdare to raise money for her 2014 Charity Appeal, which is benefitting Macmillan Cancer Support (RCT), Guide Dogs Cymru and Diabetes Peer Support for Children (RCT).
As well as being a great way to help good causes and enjoy the stunning natural beauty of Dare Valley Country Park, it is also hoped the event will inspire others to get involved in running.
With the success of the London Marathon and, closer to home, the Cardiff Half Marathon, it is clear running is a great, entertaining way to keep fit, enjoy outdoor space and fresh air and meet new people.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s very own Nos Galan, run every New Year’s Eve in memory of the legendary Guto Nyth Bran, has recently been named the best fun run in the UK – and there is still plenty of time to get yourself ready for this year’s event.
Mayor Cllr Crimmings said: “I am a keen runner myself and was so pleased to see so many people, of all ages, coming to Dare Valley at the weekend to Lap the Lake for charity.
“Their effort on the Easter weekend will help me to add to the funds my chosen good causes so desperately need, in order to continue helping people in RCT and beyond. I thank each and every one of them for supporting me.
“While this particular run was a one-off event in aid of good causes, Lap the Lake regularly takes part in Dare Valley Country Park thanks to the efforts of local running clubs who are always keen to see more people getting involved and signing up.
“Spring is here and summer is around the corner, which means nicer weather and lighter nights. What better way to enjoy this than with a relaxing run in RCT? There is provision for everyone, from beginners to the experienced. You can run in leisure centres or on specialist tracks or you can take advantage of our open space by lapping lakes, taking to the trails, making it up the mountains or pounding the pavements.”
Whatever you are interested in, regardless of your age or ability, find out more about running and how you can get involved locally by contacting Sport RCT.
Local athletics and running clubs include:
AberdareValley Amateur Athletics Club, Dragons Running Club, Pontypridd Roadents Athletics Club, Pontyclun Athletics Club, RhonddaValley Runners Club and Rhondda Athletics Club. Find out more and get involved via Welsh Athletics
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